arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Bar on Buena. Looks delicious, with the big creamy Irish head I was expecting. Dry chocolate comes in late but blossoms in the finish. Lightly bitter and medium bodied, it’s smooth in the mouth. The chocolate flavors are sometimes like Baker’s chocolate, sometime with the slightly fruity notes of carob. Smell is slightly hoppy, with caramel and bread. Not an overly complex beer, it is tasty and quite refreshing.
Grumbo (1363) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BottleDog, Holborn, London and shared at the 3rd Ipswich bottle share. Pours almost black with a nice sized beige head. Aroma is malty, sweet, caramel. Light sweetness and light roasted bitterness. Medium+ body and slick smooth texture. Soft carbonation. A well balanced beer. The favouritte of the day.
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classically conceived dry stout from one of the well-respected Californian craft beer pioneers; ingredients list literally says "water, barley, malt, hops, yeast and that’s all", as if they want to make a statement against all those more recent, trendy stouts with special flavorings added... I like the design, almost looks like a classic English bottle and label, like most of North Coast’s bottles. Thick, frothy, beaten egg-like, yellowish hued head leaving a thick coating of membranous lacing all around, blackish appearance but actually a very deep purple-hued bronze, completely translucent (but hardly so and under bright light). Aroma of cold black coffee, coffee beans even, fairly subtle bitter chocolate, soaked bayleaf, beef stock cubes, burnt branches, leather, liquorish candy, mocha, faintly sweetish aromas of horse steak, unripe elderberries, tomato concentrate and stewed white beans, in warming up even something vaguely sweet sherry-like. Soft, initially somewhat neutral onset, shyly revealing dried fruit sweetishness paired with equally subtle umami (beef stock but only vaguely so), underlying roasted barley sourishness pulling things forward to a pleasantly rounded, nutty and toasted bittersweet malt core, gaining confidence in the end with a coffeeish roasted bitterness filling the mouth cavity; under soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick and smooth, but full and pleasant, just right for a stout at session strength. Spicy, even slightly tonic water-like hop bitter notes reinforce the roasted bitterness in the end, but that rounded, sweetish, nutty flavor lingers just as well. Dry stout alright, still carrying sweetness to give it balance and rotundity - this is a very appetizing example of its style. Fairly classic in comparison with so many younger West Coast craft breweries, North Coast is still a resounding name for its historical influence alone, and still delivers consistent quality in its (relatively speaking) classically designed beers - not unlike Sierra Nevada, I reckon.
TheKernOwl (188) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose somewhere between a milk stout, a ham hock and a coffee stall. More coffee (ground coffee) in taste; but finish a bit water-y. Bigger than some Irish dry efforts.
blackisle (2043) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 12fl.oz. Poured into a shaker. Pitch black, tall frothy tan head, receding slowly, heavy lacing; aroma roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, licorice, light dark fruits; smooth taste, medium sweet and bitter, roasted malts, dark chocolate, licorice, some vanilla fudge, light spicy notes; dry bittersweet finish, roasted malts, milk chocolate, light fruity touch, spicy hints, chocolate lingers on; medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation; very good stout.
tomekk1978 (1307) - Z±bki, POLAND - AUG 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromat:wyraźne nuty palonego ziarna, czekolady oraz ziołowego, niemal miętowego chmielu.
Wygląd: barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, do kremowej, obfita, ale umiarkowanie trwała, choć ładnie zdobi szkło.
Smak: dosyć delikatny i łagodny, umiarkowanie słodki, złamany kwaskowością. Następnie paloność, tosty, chleb razowy, czekolada i chmiel ziołowy. Jedynie lekka alkoholowość. Goryczka powyżej średniej, ale wkomponowuje się w całość znakomicie i nie wydaje się przesadzona. Średnia pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie i czekoladowo- chmielowy finisz.
Niezły Dry Stout, w którym w przeciwieństwie do większości europejskich wzorców większą rolę odgrywa chmiel.
Icedwarf (1272) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Zwart bier met weinig schuim. Smaak is rookig en licht bitter, ietwat zoet met smaak van braam en kers. Smaak blijft lang hangen.
drpimento (3126) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2016
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Having this on nitro and it really works well. Head lasts forever. The toasty roasty flavors are perfectly tamed by the nitro. Excellent beer.
Taschert (11) - FRANCE - JUL 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355ml. Opaque black beer with a brown long lasting dense head. Light roasty coffee smell. Fizzy with a full body and a creamy texture. Taste chocolate, coffee and rosted malt. [07/2016]
altonbrownd (5648) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Dark black body with creamy head. Nose of plums, chocolate, berries. Taste is malts, chocolate, berries, vanilla. Creamy texture.
Idiosynkrasie (6407) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Darkest brown colour with average to huge, fluffy, moderately lasting, minimally lacing, tan head. Roasty dark malty aroma with notes of dark chocolate, hints of liquorice, a minimally metallic touch, cautious fruity hints of blueberry. Taste is roasty dark malty, chocolately, fruity, a good deal of remnant sweetness, notes of dark and milk chocolate, hints of blueberry, blackberry, a minimally salty touch of liquorice; full body, smooth and soft palate, gentle carbonation.